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Chris Pronger heading to Cali
The Chris Pronger saga began soon after the Edmonton Oilers were eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs. It has ended today with the Oilers dealing the former Hart and Norris trophy winner to the Anaheim Ducks. For sending Pronger to Anaheim, the Edmonton Oilers will receive forward Joffrey Lupul, top prospect defenseman Ladislav Smid, Anaheim's first-round pick in 2007, a conditional first-round pick and Anaheim's second-round pick in 2008.
Oliers GM Kevin Lowe was in a tough spot a week or two ago with the trade request coming from the Pronger camp. Today, he has made a definite decision to load up on some good prospects and draft picks and in exchange give up a defenseman that anchored their blueline throughout the regular season and espcially in the playoffs. Like previous trades made by the Oilers this is a loss in the short term though one hopes that the draft picks and prospects will pan out. Lupul is an interesting get as he is an Edmonton native and his grandfather (Tom Mayson) is also part of the Oilers' ownership group. The Anaheim Ducks take on Prongers huge salary and give up some future picks but they will now have the two best NHL defenseman on their team in Chris Pronger and Scott Niedermayer.